Tue 24 Oct 2006
An interesting topic I found in Umbertina Part II, is Marguerite’s use of the word “sun”. Throughout we see that when “sun” is used, there is a change of focus in the story. “Sun” is first used when Gillo tells Marguerite that he cannot live with out sun and light. Marguerite then leaves for Italy and soon realizes that Gillo was never going to come to Italy to be with her. The focus of her life changes so that Alberto is now a main part of her life. When she is at the island with Alberto, she wants to go swimming, but Alberto doesn’t want to do anything. All the delights of the sun and light was udone. Sun also allowed her to feel love, which she thought she would never have. She thought of the love she couldn’t share with him because of this and therefore they seperated. “Sun” shows the freedom and a change of direction. She looks to Massimo to find comfort and she constantly refers to his body as the warmth of the sun. She looks for people that will give her the same feeling and freedom of the sun. I feel she was with him because of this attraction toward the sun and the freedom she felt from him, but he wanted freedom from her and so their relationship ended.